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Old 11-12-2012, 08:00 PM   #1051
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone in the thread for getting me into bag brewing. Just completed my second BIAB brew day yesterday and got 81% efficiency on a 1.100 monster DIPA. Cheers!

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #1052
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add it all to the grain bag...
no need to mill flaked corn... it's flakes
Thanks! Maybe I'll try something a bit more difficult my next batch!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:15 PM   #1053
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone in the thread for getting me into bag brewing. Just completed my second BIAB brew day yesterday and got 81% efficiency on a 1.100 monster DIPA. Cheers!
I'll second this! I just did my 4th BIAB yesterday (NB's Black IPA). Since my first attempt which was a complete learning experience, I've hit around 80% efficiency in my last 3 batches!

I gotta say, I was kind of a skeptic about how much better AG brewing could be since I was making some pretty damn good beers with extracts, but I'm now sold on just how good AG brews can be and I am having even more fun in the brew process.

BIAB seems to be the best of both worlds. You get the quality of AG brewing but the time and expense isn't much more involved than extract brewing!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:43 PM   #1054
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BIAB seems to be the best of both worlds. You get the quality of AG brewing but the time and expense isn't much more involved than extract brewing!
Ding ding ding! We have a winner.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:17 AM   #1055
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I've been studying this thread for the last few months, slowly upgrading my gear, and am excited to say I will be doing my first AG, BIAB session this week! Can't wait. Praying it goes well!

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #1056
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I've been studying this thread for the last few months, slowly upgrading my gear, and am excited to say I will be doing my first AG, BIAB session this week! Can't wait. Praying it goes well!
Think before you start about how you're going to get your bag off the bottom of the kettle if you're heating up quickly (e.g. for your mashout). If you go slow it should be fine, but I prefer to stick something inert under there just for peace of mind. Or you could try to lift it, but you don't want to do that.

Be careful about getting a temperature different between the inside and outside of your bag if you have a very fine fabric. I have to stir/squish mine periodically while heating to get it to equalize and not just overheat the wort outside the bag. If your fabric is less fine than mine, it shouldn't be a problem.

Also, be prepared for the fact that your bag may not drain quickly if you have a very fine fabric/lots of sticky thick stuff (I know, so technical) in your grains. I was surprised and unprepared for just how slowly mine drained; it requires a LOT of squeezing with the fine voile that my bag is made from, so a bucket + colander/cooling rack/something hole-y is useful to be able to drain with, rather than having to try to hold it over your kettle.

YMMV, but just things I encountered when I did my first BIAB last month and wish someone had told me. It really is quite easy and works great.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #1057
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SiriusStarr, thanks for the advice, Im contemplating my first BIAB too!

Do you have any idea how the fine-ness of your bag relates to that of a paint strainer (a'la'home-depot)? That is what I was planning on getting for my first go.

In the future if things get way out of hand (which I'm sure they will, AG seems to much better) I'll bust out the wallet for one of those custom sized BIAB bags.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:16 PM   #1058
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Paint strainer bags work fine for getting started. Especially if you don't know if this will be the way to go or not. I made 3-4 batches with the paint strainer bags, but added a voile type bag that I stitched together myself. I was getting between 1-1.25 gallons of yeast/trub with the paint strainers. After adding the voile bag, I'm back down to 0.5-0.8 gallons of yeast/trub (similar to extract). So I get another 6 pack of beer out of each batch or so. Not significant in the short term, but more so in the long term.

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Think before you start about how you're going to get your bag off the bottom of the kettle if you're heating up quickly (e.g. for your mashout). If you go slow it should be fine, but I prefer to stick something inert under there just for peace of mind. Or you could try to lift it, but you don't want to do that.

SiriusStarr, what do you suggest using at the bottom of the kettle? I've heard of others using a SS steamer basket. I've done at least 6 BIAB batches without anything at the bottom of the kettle and sooner or later i'm probably gonna end up burning my paint strainer bag unless I start using something at the bottom.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:00 PM   #1060
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I use a steamer basket but that is mainly to make it easier to lift the grain bag out when I'm done with the mash. But I also use this underneath my steamer basket which came with my canner:





I just place it at the bottom of my kettle and then place my steamer basket on top of it and it seems to work pretty well. Wal Mart sells them on their own for like $4 bucks or something in the canning department. A colander/strainer would also work...

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